Student Debt 'Anchor' Drives Career Choices, Raises Tricky Questions for Midsize Firms
“It caused me to think very carefully about whether or not my career at a particular law firm is sustainable. I literally cannot afford to be at a law firm that wants me to burn it at both ends for three to six years and then dispose of me when they don’t make me partner.”
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Bess Hinson graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2011 with more than $150,000 in student loans to pay off. Over the next several years, she went from a job at King & Spalding in Atlanta to Nelson Mullins before landing at 168-lawyer Morris, Manning & Martin in April, thinking all the while about the mountain of debt she had accrued. Like many young lawyers, she was forced to make decisions about her employer based on her ability to pay off her loans.
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